Motion to pass on

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The motion to pass on is a dilatory parliamentary motion used in legislative procedure. It is distinct from the motion to table or to postpone to a certain time. The motion delays consideration of a matter for a later time without indicating prejudice with respect to it.[1] According to Mason's Manual, matter passed on in this way remains subject to subsidiary motion.[1] The motion to pass on is not subject to debate, but requires a majority vote.

In the United States House of Representatives, during the call for private bills, this motion is often put as a request for unanimous consent. For example, during consideration of a bill, the following dialogue may occur:

  • Member: Mr./Madam Speaker.
  • The Speaker (pro tempore): For what purpose does the gentleman/gentlewoman from <state> rise?
  • Member: Mr./Madam Speaker, I ask unanimous consent that the bill H.R./S. ____ be passed over without prejudice.
  • Speaker (pro tempore): Without objection, the bill is passed over without prejudice.


  1. ^ a b National Conference of State Legislatures (2000). Mason's Manual of Legislative Procedure, 2000 ed., p. 492